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Monday, February 06, 2006

TENGGOL ISLAND


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From afar the island resembles a person perching, so stood the name 'Tenggol'. ‘Tenggak' in Bahasa Malaysia means 'to perch' but is pronounced as ‘tenggol' in Terengganu's local dialect. For many, many years this deserted island retained its secret whereabouts. Apart from local fishermen waiting out the weather - Tenggol Island was pretty much left to nature.

Then came the Vietnam War and with that came the displaced victims of war….the boat people as we called them. During the late 70's and early 80's, in their last bid to escape their oppressive government, Vietnamese refugees spent all their life savings to buy themselves space on cramped wooden boats heading for a new life in the neighbouring countries. After a gruelling journey facing the dangers of storms, pirates and marine patrols, the last thing they needed was to be sent home. Upon arriving close to the beach, the refugees would ‘break' their boats by crashing them on shallow waters.

The only long stretch of beach on Tenggol Island is at Teluk Air Tawar and in those days, it was completely hidden from view by overhang of umbrella trees, which lined the entire beachfront. Tenggol Islandwas the perfect hideaway.

When found by the Malaysian Marine Patrol, the refugees were herded and taken to the refugee camp on Bidong Island, a short distance from Redang Island. They stayed on at Bidong Island until the disbandment of camp in 1991.



Today, local fishermen still moor their boats at Tenggol Island to shelter from sudden tropical sea storms. The other frequent visitors to the island are the turtles. For millions of years, green turtles and hawksbill turtles driven by their instincts have returned to the same beaches they hatched from, some 30…40…50…60 years ago, to mate and nest.

Now a new breed of visitors has found this tucked-away paradise. Gazetted as part of Terengganu Marine Park, much of the reef remains intact as fishing, spearfishing, harvesting of marine life for decorative purposes and food are strictly prohibited. The superb conservation of the reef has produced the ideal playground for scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, canoeing.

Tenggol Island is a little out of reach from the throngs of weekend holidaymakers flocking to the famed islands of Redang Island, Perhentian Island and Kapas Island. A short ride by speedboat takes you to this wondrously underrated island which offers a traveller an abundance of nature's gifts.

GETTING THERE
BY AIR BY RAIL BY BUS SELF DRIVE BY TAXI BY SEA

17 km off the coast of Kuala Dungan lies the island of Tenggol which is a small rocky island. It is accessible via Kuala Dungub jetty. Visitors of this particular island are mostly fishermen, picnickers and naturalists who comes in search of the many interesting plants and animals, making it an excellent outdoor laboratory. The abundance and variety of the island¡¦s reptile fauna will also captivate visitors.


BY AIR
Journey time From Kuala Dungun TO
Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Kerteh (KTE)
30 mins.
Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Kuala Terengganu (TGG)
60 mins.

Visitors can fly in and hire a taxi to Kuala Dungun.

For enquiries on bookings, please call:

Malaysia Airlines:
http://www.malaysiaairlines.com

24 Hours Call Center:

Contact:
1 300 88 3000 (within Malaysia)
+603 7846 3000 (outside Malaysia)

Air Asia:
http://www.airasia.com

Call Centres:
Daily from 8.00 am to 9.00 pm

Contact:
1 300 88 99 33 (within Malaysia)
+603 7884 9000 (outside Malaysia)



BY BUS
Route: Kuala Lumpur => Dungun
Distances: 389km
Journey: 7 hours
From
To
Timetable
Fare
Transnational
Kuala Lumpur : Hentian Bas Putra, Jalan Tun Ismail

Tel: 03-40438984
Dungun :
Jalan Baru Bak Sabah

Tel: 09-8481480
9:30am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00nn
9:30pm
10:00pm
10:30pm
11:00pm
12:00mn
Daily
RM21.40
(adult)

RM10.70
(child)

You can take a daily express bus (Transnasional) from Singapore to Kuala Terengganu (you have to tell the driver that you want to stop at Dungun) in the evening and you'll reach Dungun approx. at 0400am.




SELF DRIVE
From Kuala Lumpur - Dungun:
Highway 2 KL (Gombak Toll) on Karak Highway and continue with ECE (East Coast Expressway) to Kuantan exit.
Highway 3 Kuantan exit to Kuala Terengganu (Coastal road to Kemaman, Dungun) (223km)

Highway 2 KL (Gombak Toll) on Karak Highway and continue with ECE (East Coast Expressway) to Kuantan exit.
Highway 3 Kuantan exit to Bukit Besi (20+km) - turn left
Highway 14 Bukit Besi turn off to Dungun/Ajil (114km) - turn left
Highway 14 Dungun

Coming from Kuantan turn right into a road leading to Kuala Dungun. This turn off is roughly 1.5 to 2hrs from Kuantan on the coastal road heading towards Kuala Terengganu. Coming from Kuala Terengganu, the drive takes approximately 45mins - 1hr. Go through Kuala Dungun (referred to as Dungun by the locals) and head down to the end of the town; following the bend to the jetty. Dungun jetty is your take-off point to Pulau Tenggol. Stalls at the fish market nearby flog a variety of pelagic fishes. Sometimes, even reef fishes find their way onto the list. If not in a hurry, loitering around the jetty area can be an experience in itself especially when the fishing boats return from their days out at sea. As baskets are hoisted from the boats, middlemen are already there to haggle over the price of a few cents. Most common catch of the day would be the mackerels, barracudas, and tunas; free-swimmers such as kembung, cincaru and selar are great for barbecues. You could even buy a few for the island¡Kthe resort managers are usually too happy to help make your trip most satisfying¡Kso by putting a few fishes on the fire for your dinner is a welcomed idea. As this is a request, remember not to expect it as part of the package.

From Singapore:
If you're driving, the journey to reach Kuala Dungun will take about 6 to 8 hrs drive depends on how frequent you stop for breaks. There are 2 routes to take for this journey.

1st route : Singapore - Johor Bahru - Kota Tinggi - Mersing - Kuantan - Kuala Dungun

2nd route : Singapore - Johor Bahru - Ayer Hitam (highway) - Tangkak - Segamat (exit) - Kuantan - Kuala Dungun





BY TAXI
Route: Kuala Terengganu => Dungun
Journey: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Fare: RM35 per taxi




BY SEA
Ferry services have to be arranged from Kuala Dungun as Tenggol Island is not serviced by public or regular transport. Resorts in Tenggol Island provide ferry services between the island and Kuala Dungun.


Merang Jetty <=> Tenggol Island
Journey: Approximately 1 hour
Rate: RM95 /adult for 2 ways / RM50 /child for 2 ways.
Please refer to your tour representative or Tenggol Island Resort for more information.

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